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Gadkari scraps Delhi visit, govt probing his investments

PTI   October 25, 2012
First Published: 14:55 IST(25/10/2012) | Last Updated: 15:54 IST(25/10/2012)

BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, who is facing the heat over corruption allegations, cancelled his scheduled trip to Delhi today as he was indisposed.

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"Nitinji has cancelled his routine visit to Delhi since he is indisposed due to exertion yesterday on Vijayadashmi," his personal staff said when contacted.

It was widely speculated that Gadkari would be meeting the top party leaders in Delhi today, who have backed him.

Meanwhile, Amid allegations of dubious funding into the companies of Gadkari, the corporate affairs ministry today said it is looking into investments made in his company.

"The matter is being looked into," a senior Corporate Affairs Ministry official said.

He was responding to a query on whether the Ministry has started probe into allegations of dubious funding into Gadkari's company.

Embarrassing details have come out about the alleged dubious funding of Maharashtra-based Purti Power and Sugar Ltd, run by Gadkari.

On Tuesday, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily had said that Registrars of Companies would inquire into the allegations.

Media reports claim that major investments and large loans to Purti were made by a construction firm Ideal Road Builders (IRB) group, which had won contracts between 1995 and 1999, when Gadkari was PWD minister in Maharashtra.

The BJP chief, who is set for his second term, has denied the allegations and has offered himself and his companies to any probe.

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